Erik ten Hag has conducted his pre-match press conference before Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with West Ham.
Ten Hag lifted silverware at the first time of asking as United beat Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday at Wembley, but there is no time to celebrate or rest on our laurels.
The pursuit of the other domestic cup continues at Old Trafford, and Ten Hag has faced the media ahead of his encounter with former United boss David Moyes.
Ten Hag was asked for a fitness update on his squad and said that two players who started on Sunday are doubtful here.
Erik ten Hag press conference before Manchester United v West Ham
He said: “Luke Shaw and Fred are questions for tomorrow,” with both having started against Newcastle, and Shaw playing 90 minutes.
Anthony Martial missed that game and Ten Hag confirmed that he is still ‘not available’ for this FA Cup clash at Old Trafford.
“Everyone was involved, we did it (won the Cup) collectively. It was the performance of the whole team, the whole squad.”
Martial’s absence means that Wout Weghorst is likely to start again, although the likes of Anthony Elanga may hope for a game if there is some rotation.
If Shaw is out, it seems likely that Tyrell Malacia would come into the team, and while the Englishman has been playing well, the Dutchman is a capable deputy.
It would be between Marcel Sabitzer and Scott McTominay to replace Fred, with the Scotland international not starting a game yet after his injury return.
The depth of the squad will be important as the games continue to come thick and fast until the international break at the end of next month.
United have capable replacements if Shaw and Fred are out, but they have put in big performances in recent games, most notably against Barcelona, and will be notable absentees if they cannot make this match.